The letter sent to then-Labor Secretary Elaine Chao by the Trump Institute.
Two VIP tickets to a Trump Institute seminar that were offered to Elaine Chao.
Elaine Chao has had a career arc unmatched by many other people. She’s been the chair of the Federal Maritime Commission, the director of the Peace Corps, the president and CEO of United Way of America and a distinguished fellow with the Heritage Foundation. Then, in 2001, she was appointed as President George W. Bush’s secretary of labor, the first Asian-American woman in U.S. history to be granted a cabinet position.
But sometime during that second half of that administration, someone came knocking on Chao’s door promising even more success, more power, more wealth and glitz.
That someone was Donald J. Trump.
No, Trump didn’t literally walk up to Chao’s home in Washington, D.C. and ring the doorbell. But his seminar business, the Trump Institute, did send a package to Chao promising that she, too, could get rich quickly with the tutelage of its chairman, Trump.
“What you have in your hands right now is my personal invitation for you and your guest to attend a special event featuring a hand-picked member of my organization who will teach you many of the strategies and techniques that are the reasons for my success,” read the letter, which was signed by Trump. “At this special event, you will discover many of my unique wealth creating secrets and strategies that I use to buy and sell real estate and that I also use in many of my highly profitable businesses.”